Very sorry for the too-long post. I know I shouldn’t blast out something this long un-provoked. Oh well…
How can TMRO help inspire Space? How can TMRO get the regular human to touch, and use Space? Below is an un-organized list of ideas from my personal Evernote that I add-to as a thought comes to my mind. Today I decided to post it. First, let me apologize; I totally realize this is unsolicited, rather presumptuous on my part and possibly not well-thought-out, but here it is for refinement, addition, discussion and criticism.
How can TMRO help inspire Space:
Amateur Radio with CubeSats. Can you tell I am biased? 2018 has seen a wealth of TMRO episodes that include talk of CubeSats (nano- pico- small-). There is a trend going on here. Find a good way to leverage this trend to get the regular human more aware of CubeSats (specifically the numerous Amateur Radio CubeSats come to mind). Anyone can listen (even listen-only can inspire). To transmit requires a license (do it). Why? Talk about a tangible, meaningful way that regular humans stuck on the surface of Earth can touch and use something in space! Doing this also re-wires your brain cells to be much more aware of space.
Launch Rockets. I have launched model rockets with unfortunate insects onboard who (insert downcast eyes here) paid the ultimate price in the quest to extend my personal knowledge. But I know others with aerodynamic hair have done much more with larger rockets. TMRO could periodically re-demonstrate (and reinforce) that regular people can do things like this (emphasizing safety of course). A possibly great way to inspire. When is Jared going out next? A TMRO Rocket-Pod?
Get the current ISS position on your Phone. For example: I use the very handy iPhone app called ISS Spotter. Why? At a moment notice, when out at night with colleagues or friends, I can show them the mysterious moving light in the sky that is ISS. Talk about an easy way to get people to "look up" in life instead of "looking down". People continue to be quite surprised that I can point them to where the ISS will appear (Hey Freda! How did you know that was there? Wow!).
Increase the size of the TMRO circle. Actively seek out humans in currently-emerging space-power countries (India, UAE, etc) as official TMRO Contributors, Guests and Citizens (for some reason I don’t consider Japan and others as “emerging” space powers since they seem more stable and in-production, but yes, cast your net out to others too and reel them into your grasp). Why? A bigger circle results in more paying citizens, a more relevant and appropriate global view, cross-culture strength, more opportunities for global contributions to TMRO, and overall more relevant TMRO content for consumption by all.
Push awareness of topical Space conferences. Many TMRO citizens (globally) might attend local space conferences if only they knew about them before the event. I know there are many-many-many other sources of this kind of info, but it might be possible for TMRO to summarize and publish (or at least point to an existing source of them) so citizens could be more aware and plan to attend a nearby one. Why? Ooops, I just missed that Space Conference that was only 20 miles away from me… if only I had known.
Steward the TMRO library as a company asset. A separate document of a list of previous shows is probably not useful. Instead of a separate, hard-to-find, unwieldy static document, just imagine the benefit if the TMRO Library was a menu directly on tmro.tv with appropriate metadata and filters. A great ongoing asset for TMRO, requiring maintenance only to add a new show/pod/episode. Why? This would inspire all humans to be aware of and to consume (and re-consume) the wealth of work (11 orbits!) that TMRO has already created.
The TMRO Store. Instead of a citizen buying a personal item, perhaps include items in the TMRO Store that would be paid for by the citizen, yet in-turn donated by TMRO to a youth or school or organization, maybe even donated in the name of the purchaser citizen. All with a targeted Space-theme; A subscription to something, a space-related model or kit to build, a DVD (not geo-locked, so it can be played anywhere) collection of space things, group attendance at a space conference or planetarium, my mind is going blank.
Add a Community Forum section dedicated to posting and sharing "Success Stories" of citizens inspiring Space to other individuals or groups. In each show, pick one Success Story to recognize or spotlight. Inspire your citizens to inspire.
I know this one will be difficult, but. De-focus from SoCal in favor of the world (I realize SoCal is logistically convenient, but). Extend the TMRO circle of regular and periodic staff to targeted space-relevant locations around the world (Europe, Russia, India, NZ, Japan, etc, etc). This would be a key, strategic, market differentiator for TMRO, as few if no other Space show does this. Be more global, and only positive outcomes will result. Start small today, get comfortable and ramp up as the global seed begins to sprout.
The TMRO Foundation. I am very sure that TMRO funds are limited, and I am certainly not one to suggest how TMRO should spend its money. But just imagine the meaningful legacy benefit if TMRO could (or sponsor a Citizen somewhere on Earth to) go to a disadvantaged country/community/club/school and give a presentation about space, build a space-model with students, arrange to talk to ISS, be included in a live TMRO show or some other spark-igniter like that. Why? Hey Pooja, when did you first become inspired by space? Pooja: When TMRO came to my school and a funny person called SpaceMike said something about space, and I started to “look up”. Aside: I know there are a zillion commercial, pre-packaged, flashy sources out there titled something like “Inspire students through Space”. I’m not thinking of something like that, but I honestly can not seem to articulate my idea well.
Related ideas: Hey, any idea who this guy is?
And… as mentioned in this linked (dated) clip, "The open road softly calls…", "the craving we can hardly articulate or understand…", "to undiscovered lands…". Find best ways to leverage or build upon the quite inspiring, compelling story presented by this clip: YouTube Yes, the current TMRO Intro clip is also inspiring in a different way. My suggestion for leveraging the feeling behind this inspiring clip does not seem to be congealing for some reason, and is still swirling un-formed in my head. Any ideas? This clip is the most transformative on this topic I have ever seen. Where is Carl Sagan when we need him most .
The things TMRO does can (and already do!) make a meaningful, inspiring difference. No other space-show or space-resource I know of is so well-positioned; on the cusp. I truly don’t know the best path forward, but I do know that this could be a valuable topic for the TMRO Community to talk about. So here goes. I promise shorter posts in future.
Oh… just replace "space" with "science" and everything above still seems relevant.
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